Smoke Stack

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Smoke Stack
53–55 Broughton Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3RJ
  • Telephone 0131 556 6032
  • Seasonal times Opens at 10am during the Edinburgh Festival
  • Bar open Licensed till 1 am on Fri and Sat
  • Food served Sun–Thu 10am–10pm; Fri/Sat 10am–11pm.
  • Pre-theatre times Express lunch/pre theatre available till noon–6.30pm; 4pm–5.30pm Sat/Sun. Not available in December
  • Average price £12 (set lunch); £20 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price £12
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Smoke Stack
Eating & Drinking Guide

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This review is taken from the current (2015) edition.

‘If it ain’t broke don’t fix it’ isn’t always a successful maxim in a world where we’re programmed to seek the new and the fresh. But it works for Smoke Stack. A refurb a few years ago and a clear understanding of their loyal customer base means a menu dominated by steak and burgers, with few forays elsewhere. This is no bad thing. It means a quality steak, cooked exactly as ordered and – strike up the band – really nice chips (although some veg or salad would be a welcome addition). Starters hit a lot of the guilty-pleasure buttons – calamari, paté and a cracking prawn cocktail, served in a sundae glass, of course. Definitely save room for dessert – a cheesecake of the day is cheerfully billed as being laced with ‘whatever liqueur the chef can steal from the bar’ and the banoffee pie’s been made to the same recipe since 2000. Fair play to them: they stick to what they know, do it with a lot of care and attention, and serve it all up with a smile. New tricks? Over-rated.

  • High point: A perfect steak
  • Low point: Not a huge amount of choice if you're not in a red-meat mood
  • Notable dish: Steak!
  • Private dining: Up to 28 covers
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Pop
  • Capacity: 79
  • Largest group: 28
  • Open since: 1996
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 9
  • House wine: £15.95 per bottle

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5. C S4 Sep 2012, 9:36am4 stars Smoke Stack Report

Newly Refurbished as a New York warehouse style eatery Smoke Stack ticks all the boxes. A group of 4 (including a veggie) all tucked into a burger off the menu and all were great. The double burgers are bigger without being un-finishable which for me is a plus.

Desserts all round were wolfed down in next to no time including the signature banoffee pie. Service was fantastic and always attentive, look forward to going again.

4. Auld Reeker8 Aug 2012, 7:57pm4 stars Smoke Stack Report

I was taken out for my dinner prior to a Frankie Boyle performance at the Playhouse.
Steak dinner and Banoffee Pie were the order of the day - both absolutely divine and exactly as ordered.

Decor within this restaurant is of a stripped down nature/ shabby chic - it works in some ways, but being poked away in the back corner wasn't what we were expecting.

Still, excellent food, drinks and service. What more can I ask for!?

3. sara 2610 Sep 2010, 3:06pm Report

Sunday breakfast awful. Disinterested staff small portion not good

2. Nina25 Aug 2009, 1:28pm4 stars Smoke Stack Report

I had a steak with Pepper Sauce. It was nice, well cooked but the mash that came with it wasn't great at all. A bit disappointing as I didn't think it was a hard thing for a chef to make properly... The desserts were great, especially the warm sticky toffee pudding. Delicious!

1. M21 Aug 2008, 5:01pm3 stars Smoke Stack Report

The Smoke Stack really is a tale of two halves. I've tended to walk on by over the past few years as it does give the impression of being every so slightly run down or dated from the outside.

We were warmly welcomed and show to our table which was a taste of things to come; service was genuine and friendly.

Starters were an absolute delight with the home made leek and potato soup beign the highlight. A hot and rustic home made soup served with fresh crusty bread was a welcome start.

Unfortunatley the main courses didn't live up to the high expectations set by the starters. In particular the prawns served on a bed of salad with sweet chilli sauce just didn't work I'm afraid. The sauce was jsut too heavy for the salad and the addition of olives didn't add anything to the overall taste and put simply didn't work.

On the upside, the portion was very generous with a large number of good sized and well cooked prawns, but the overall combination didn't work. It was a shame, because a change from salad to noodles and pak choi with a lighter sauce would have elevated this dish to where it should be.

Overall the general service was excellent and they did enough to merit a return visit.

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